If only having lots of numbers meant you knew what was happening. The London Stock Exchange offers lots and lots of numbers, so surely you can tell which companies look good for investments?
Berkeley provide masses of data on climate change, so surely you can figure out if it is real or not? OK, so they made a mistake in the original link, but we all make mistakes don’t we?
Of course, you say, you know how to ‘do the maths‘, or as they say in illiterate US of A, ‘do the math’.
Fortunately some nice people like Tom Murphy are willing to do some of the maths for us.
Some reports seem not so clear about whether they have good news or bad news.
Of course that is all about peaks and troughs, what goes up comes down, doesn’t it? If you find the eco cycle for energy absorption from the sun difficult to follow, here is a simple demonstration.
Talking of peaks, we have peak oil don’t we? Is that a good thing (we pollute less) or a bad thing (no more cheap flights to The Red Sea).
Of course, that is US politics, we all know that peak oil is coming and that is why oil prices are higher than ever?
But a surprising massive new find in the Norwegian fields will make the doubters beat their drums very loudly.
By now you may well be wondering how to think about all these numbers, how do you make up your mind? Well, just in time we have the Royal Institution Lectures on ‘What’s in Your Head‘, and if you missed the first one it is still, for the moment, on BBC iPlayer.
If you still can’t make up your mind you might like to explore more about how you think, how judgements form, and how decisions are made, by your brain, and what free will you have left to ‘make a difference’.
Get ready for the new year! It is going to be very interesting.